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HHHmmmm 463 42 March 17, 2016 at 02:04 AM
I built my first and only computer, about 5 years ago. It's an AMD with 4gb ram and a random generic case. I haven't used it at all in about 2 years but I want to start having a desktop again so I can casually game and push a 4k monitor/TV. I have read that this requires a pretty good video card. I think this means I want to completely gut the built computer and replace it with all new parts. Is this a wise thing to do? Is there concerns or problems that might come my way?

I am aware that I'll need a new motherboard, so I was thinking of going Intel, i5 or i7, and replace everything but the power supply that I have in there currently, which should be good enough. I'm thinking I just need a CPU, motherboard, 16gb of this cheap ram thats popping up all the time now, a video card, and thats it since I already have a SSD and HDD. Any suggestions on parts or tips for an easy build to fit my needs? Thanks!

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Can you be more Specific in what you have now?

You might be able to just go with a GPU upgrade instead of a whole new computer. Gaming tends to be more GPU specific instead of processor intensive. 4k is just more pixels to punch out.

If your going to go with a Skylake processor (Current generation) then you will need a new motherboard, CPU, and Ram. New PC will have USB 3 so support on the case you have now most likely doesn't exist. So you have to take that into account too. Depending on the power supply you might need one too. Reusing the SSD and HD should be fine after a format assuming both are healthy.
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Can you be more Specific in what you have now?

You might be able to just go with a GPU upgrade instead of a whole new computer. Gaming tends to be more GPU specific instead of processor intensive. 4k is just more pixels to punch out.

If your going to go with a Skylake processor (Current generation) then you will need a new motherboard, CPU, and Ram. New PC will have USB 3 so support on the case you have now most likely doesn't exist. So you have to take that into account too. Depending on the power supply you might need one too. Reusing the SSD and HD should be fine after a format assuming both are healthy.
Is there a reason why I would have to format the HDDs? Like I said I haven't used it in 2+ years but I believe it is an AMD Phenom II X4 965 and an AM3 motherboard. Also, I feel like there was some kind of issue that developed that I couldn't figure out which led me to use it less, another reason I am wanting to gut it. I was just more making sure I could use the same case and go Intel or something. Just really making sure everything would work before I spent the money on it and asking for any tips or suggestions.
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Is there a reason why I would have to format the HDDs? Like I said I haven't used it in 2+ years but I believe it is an AMD Phenom II X4 965 and an AM3 motherboard. Also, I feel like there was some kind of issue that developed that I couldn't figure out which led me to use it less, another reason I am wanting to gut it. I was just more making sure I could use the same case and go Intel or something. Just really making sure everything would work before I spent the money on it and asking for any tips or suggestions.

You would want to format the hard drive/ssd where the OS is so you can start over. Especially if your going to switch processors and motherboards. Windows kind of specializes to fit and you have drivers specific to the hardware. If you had a secondary hard drive where you had say music or photos stored only then it would be fine to leave that.

Cases are built on standards such as ATX, MicroATX, etc. Motherboards are sold in this spec. So you want to ideally match the two. Some cases can support multiple standards, others are only 1. So you will have to see what yours supports. Your new motherboard will have USB3 and most likely your case won't so you won't have USB3 up front. You might be able to reuse the power supply and might now, again it depends on what you have. Some of the newer processors need a few more pins, support different power states etc.

The other problem you have with reusing some things is since you don't know what the problems were its hard to move it to a new PC. I would start using the system and see if you can figure out or post what the problem is and go from there. While your processor isn't cutting edge it's not super slow either it's kind of middle of the road now http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.p...+II+X4+965 Depending on the games you play and the GPU you had it might be fine. Who knows if all you need is a format and rebuild and maybe a new GPU. I am all for spending a little money as I need etc. There is always the option of just building new too but it might not make the most economic sense. All depends on how much you enjoy troubleshooting etc.

PCPartspicker is a good way to build the system and share with others once you get there.
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LiquidRetro pretty much hit all the valid points for this thread. I'd definitely see if a GPU is all you need to purchase. Getting any other component such as CPU would essentially require and entire new computer.

It doesn't sound like you will use this a ton, just for some gaming here and there.

Start by matching up a GPU and if that takes care of your needs, then you are done. If you end up needing more, then you can go with a computer rebuild and use that new GPU anyway so you aren't out anything using this approach.

Your computer is older but still has halfway decent power. That's my 2-cents.
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